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Toshiba Chromebook - Battery Life and Verdict

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh



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Toshiba Chromebook – Battery Life

The first generation Chromebooks usually struggled with battery, but thankfully things have dramatically improved this time round. One of the chief benefits of packing the new Intel Haswell processor is being able to vastly improve battery life. Toshiba claims its Chromebook can manage up to eight hours and 30 minutes of putting in the same realms as the Acer C720 but less than the 14-inch HP Chromebook's touted 9 and a half hours.

Running Netflix continuously at 50 per cent screen brightness, it manages closer to 7 hours so it's not quite as mammoth as Toshiba suggests when put under considerable strain. But it is still a good showing and matches the current crop of Chromebooks for making it through the day.

Should I buy the Toshiba Chromebook?

Not to sound like a broken record but if you can buy into Google’s concept of working entirely in browser windows and getting the most out of it when hooked up to the Wi-Fi, Toshiba's Chromebook is another affordable laptop we'd happily recommend.

It's the first 13-inch Chromebook available and the extra screen estate and keyboard space makes it a far more enjoyable Chromebook to use than the 11-inch models. Crucially, it delivers slick performance, good battery life and even serves up some decent speakers to make up for yet another below-par display and a troublesome clickpad.

For the same £249, there are not many standout alternatives to consider. You'd have to more than double that figure to get a decent Windows 8-running laptop like the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite for example. Then you won't have to make the same compromises on onboard storage and the not so fantastic screen. If you are sold on Chromebooks though, this is one of the best we've tried.


Toshiba’s first Chromebook proves that 13-inch laptops make a far nicer home for improving Google's Chrome operating system.

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Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Battery Life 7
  • Build Quality 7
  • Design 7
  • Heat & Noise 8
  • Keyboard 8
  • Performance 8
  • Screen Quality 6
  • Touchpad 6
  • Value 8

Brian O'Neill

January 6, 2014, 5:07 pm

Looks identical to the samsung chromebook.


January 6, 2014, 6:23 pm

I have a Samsung Chromebook and a Macbook Pro, to which the resemblance is far closer. The Samsung has that odd hinge popping up, and puts the ports on the rear, where they are inconvenient, to say the least. Toshiba is filling a small gap in the Chromebook line, slotting in between the first generation designs and the HP Chromebook 14. At the price, they should sell well. I'd still like to see something with a sharp IPS display, a backlit keyboard, and a 32gb SSD/4gb RAM option, but those features are going to push up the price point.


January 6, 2014, 10:59 pm

It would be nice to see something a little more solidly built, and with a somewhat improved screen. 1440x900 even. I guess they're feeling the market out, but I'd be ready to pay £300-350, especially as my Samsung is my most used computer and is showing the physical wear and tear of a year of hard use.


January 7, 2014, 12:58 am

i really like the black bezel in the third pic. What is that the kirabook ? it looks beautiful with the black bezel <3 too bad the price is almost 2k :(


January 7, 2014, 1:04 am

same here bro. I would be willing to pay 2-3 hundred more to get a premium macbook air looking chromebook with maybe a tad more ram. Anyway its a seen one with a 13.3" screen


January 7, 2014, 1:01 pm

Not very innovative at all! Chromebooks need to be connected to get the best out of them - no 4g or even 3g??? What's the point in having superb portability if you're tied to wifi spots? Quality wise, seems same as all the rest. Hope the other companies can come up with something better than this!


January 7, 2014, 5:31 pm

Who do I have to do to get a Chromebook designed with a back-lit keyboard.


January 24, 2014, 3:08 am

Chromebooks have an increasing amount of offline apps now. It's not a "brick" if you don't have WiFi. Alternatively, HP just released a 14" Chromebook with 2GB of T-Mobile 4G for free every month.


March 3, 2014, 4:47 pm

EOL laptops are now rebranded chromebooks. no thank you


March 7, 2014, 1:25 am

For internet surfing these machines are fine, but for productivity (particularly in terms of printers) they are very limited.


March 8, 2014, 10:34 am

I use one regularly and have never had any problems. Indeed, my Windows PC is the one that saps productivity with its constant updates, security worries and expensive battery-hogging applications.

Not invented here, right?


March 8, 2014, 10:35 am

The same is true for any computer. You tried surviving offline using Windows? Not much fun.


May 28, 2014, 6:59 am

The LG Chromebase all-in-one is coming for $349 -- IPS 21.5" monitor. Should be interesting. Hope that the tabs fonts are not too tiny on Chrome OS browser.

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